Skip to comments.Protesters detained after disrupting 'American Sniper' showing at EMU
Posted on 04/13/2015 6:05:27 AM PDT by cripplecreek
The University of Michigan isn't the only area university whose showing of the film "American Sniper" on Friday caused controversy.
Four protesters were temporarily detained after disrupting an 8 p.m. showing of the film April 10 on the Eastern Michigan University campus, according to university officials.
EMU spokesman Geoff Larcom said during the first of two planned showings at university's Student Center, protesters got on stage and disrupted the movie.
The EMU Police Department received complaints for subjects causing a disturbance and refusing to leave at about 8:10 p.m. at the Student Center, according to their police log.
About 40 students protested the film, according to a report by the university newspaper, The Eastern Echo.
The Echo reported that student protesters filed onto the stage and held up signs under the screen, before one student began speaking to the crowd.
"Do you want me to play a movie painting your people this way?" the student asked the audience, according to The Eastern Echo.
Audience members reportedly shouted back, "Tell us after."
Larcom said the protesters received several warnings from police before the four were detained.
They were released shortly after with no charges, he said.
The movie continued, but the second showing was ultimately postponed because of the delay in the first showing, Larcom said.
In response to a post on its Facebook page, Eastern Michigan University stated that a new time had not yet been set for the second showing.
Larcom said the university became aware of a potential protest shortly before the 8 p.m. showing.
However, he said officials believed the individuals involved would potentially hand out informational fliers - something he said would have been encouraged.
"Eastern Michigan University is an open and diverse community with many perspectives and viewpoints," Larcom said in a university statement on the incident. "We respect the rights of our students to speak out on issues of importance to them and we encourage civil debate and discussion that promotes empathy and understanding."
Protesters at the event expressed frustration with the university administration for the movie's showing and expressed frustration with both the university and police after protesters were detained, according to The Eastern Echo.
The university police department could not be reached for comment on Sunday.
The Academy Award-winning movie about Navy Seal Chris Kyle's war experiences in the Middle East initially stirred up controversy last week at the University of Michigan when students raised concerns about "negative and misleading stereotypes" of Muslims.
University officials initially canceled the showing and loose plans for a showing of the movie paired with a panel discussion were developed.
However, after receiving backlash from the community, as well as from Michigan Football Coach Jim Harbaugh, the university announced it had made a mistake with the cancellation.
Ultimately, the movie was shown as previously scheduled on Friday, with the added option of a showing of the movie "Paddington," to no major protest.
Because kicking the shit out of them is just plain nasty.
Liberals love to sensor and burn books. They’d burn all Bibles if they could.
“The protesters were released without charges. This is the no consequences generation and they will just keep it up.”
We need to carry bear spray at all times. When on of these brunch or movie disruptors comes around make them pay. They have never been disciplined in their lives. They are mortified when it happens.
They should charge these bastards with something. Let them pay some sort of price for preventing so many from enjoying the movie.
They should also have 2 more showings instead of just one (maybe). Otherwise they are punishing the people who did not disrespect others’ right to watch a movie in peace.
It’s very easy, the ones who don’t support the military have a ‘D’ after their name...
That’s embarrassing, especially as an EMU alum. Bah! Put on your big boy PANTIES and watch an adults-in-charge movie for a change. The world is not unicorns and lollipops.
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